|From The Fairmont
FSC Signs Three Grid Recruits
By Duane Cochran
Fairmont State’s football team has announced the signing of
three more recruits for the 2002 season.
The Falcons have landed a trio of in-state players including
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Jeremiah McCourt, Lewis County’s
Dustin Cogar and Calhoun County’s Evan Cunningham.
McCourt, a 6-2, 270-pounder, was a standout offensive
lineman for the Buccaneers. He’s a first-team All-North Central
Athletic Conference selection as a offensive lineman and
received honorable mention Class AAA All-State. McCourt
was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School
Student-Athletes for the past four years and will take part this
summer in the annual North-South All-Star Classic in
“Jeremiah is the kind of guy that we want to get a ton of,” said
FSC coach Rusty Elliott. “He’s a West Virginia kid, born and
raised here and he’s coached by a Fairmont guy Eddie
Vincent, who’s doing a great job down in Buckhannon.
“Jeremiah knows what hard work is all about. He’s worked
hard his whole career to get what he’s gotten. We expect him
to come in here, work hard to get himself acclimated to the
college game and who knows he may end up being another
Tom McIntosh for us and start for four years. He’s a good
player from a good program.”
Cogar is a 6-foot, 225-pound offensive/defensive lineman who
also served as a long snapper for Lewis County. He was a
captain for the Minutemen this past fall and was a
second-team All-Big 10 Conference selection on both offense
and defense. He’s also the younger brother of FSC senior
starting quarterback Brice Cogar.
“We know Brice and what type of person and player he is and
we feel like Dustin follows that same line,” said Elliott. “The
Cogars are great competitors. Brice has shown us since day
one a willingness to compete and do anything to get on the
field. We expect Dustin to be the same type of player.
“He’s a hard-nosed kid and we expect him to come in this fall
and fight, scratch and work to get a starting spot.”
Cunningham is a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker from Calhoun
County. He’s a four-year letterman, who recorded 100-plus
tackles both his sophomore and junior years. He had 80
tackles this past fall, but missed two-and-a-half games due to
Cunningham is a first-team All-Little Kanawha Conference
selection at linebacker and a first-team Mid-Ohio Valley
choice at the same position. He also received honorable
mention All-State honors.
“We’ve had some luck here recently with kids from Calhoun
and Clay County,” said Elliott. “They’re tough, hard-working
kids who appreciate the chance to play college football and
attend school at one of the better institutions.
“Evan wants to get a degree first and I like that, but he also
wants to play four more years of football and when you watch
him on tape he runs around and just smacks people. He loves
the game and he loves contact. He’s the type of player I love
to coach. We’ll make a living on kids who are 6-foot, 190 to
6-2, 210 or 215 who can run and are physical. We like
defenders like that. We want our defenders to be fast and
physical and we feel like he’s going to fit right into that mold.
He comes to us with good credentials from high school and
we’re looking forward to working with him and getting him
adjusted to the game at the college level.”
Story created Wednesday, May 29, 2002.